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DOES MATERNAL POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AFFECT EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT?: A study protocol for a prospective cohort study in rural Uganda
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Mothers in Uganda and all over the world are at risk to postpartum depression due to diverse factors present in their communities. Approximately 10% to 15% suffer from postpartum depression with its prevalence at 6.1% in Uganda. It has adverse effects on mothers and their families with severe consequences. Depressed mothers loose interest in most aspects of their life including their children who are strongly dependent on them, leading to serious neglect. This may affect the children’s development.

Aims: The aim of this study protocol is to examine if maternal postpartum depression affects child development amongst one-year olds in rural Uganda.

Methods: It will be a prospective cohort study and a quantitative approach will be used with structured questionnaires for data collection that’s maternal postpartum depression status and socio demography data, and the child’s development. Mother’s postpartum depression will be assessed first at 2 months after birth. Secondly their children’s development will be measured and assessed at 6 months and at 12 months in the one-year follow-up period. A sample of 114 mother-infant pairs is required and quantitative statistical methods will be used for data analyzes.

Expected Outcomes: This study will generate scientific knowledge on the effects of postpartum depression on child development in a rural setting of a developing country. The findings will identify which children are at most risk of having development issues. Lastly, the findings could be used to formulate appropriate strategies and interventions to combat depression and its effects on child development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 46
Series
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2019:21
Keywords [en]
Postpartum Depression, Child Development, rural, Uganda
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165969OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165969DiVA, id: diva2:1375596
External cooperation
Region Västerbotten, Anneli Ivarsson
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health
Presentation
2019-05-22, Room, A312, Caring Sciences Building, Umeå University, Umeå, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-12-06 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved

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